Speakers and Performers


The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb will have many speakers to discuss the efforts to ban the Nuclear Bomb! Check here for more infomation as we get closer to the date.

Kozue Akibayashi

Kozue Akibayashi is International President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), elected at WILPF’s 100th Anniversary Congress in 2015. She is a professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and teaches feminist peace education/research. She has been working for demilitarization of security from a gender perspective with women in Okinawa, Japan where US military has been stationed for over 70 years.




Amplify Youth Network

Amplify is an international network of the younger generation of leaders in the field of nuclear abolition. We see the potential for a world without nuclear weapons; we see the potential for security not based on fear but on diplomacy, cooperation and trust. We seek human security and sustainability, which are impossible to achieve fully in the presence of nuclear weapons. The Amplify network is uniting youth from all over the world to create opportunities for future collaborations transcending strategic differences. Our common goal is to amplify and strengthen the call for complete nuclear abolition by taking action, raising our voices and pursuing nuclear abolition in our communities and countries.

Leah Murphy, designated speaker for Amplify Youth

Leah Murphy (Ireland) had the opportunity to attend the ICAN Youth Academy in Paris in 2016, after which she became truly passionate about disarmament. She has an unconventional background completing a BSc in Midwifery, and then an MA in International Relations. Leah has an extensive background in advocacy and communications and currently works in the area of sexual health and reproductive rights in Ireland.





Leslie Cagan

With over 50 years of experience, Leslie Cagan is one of the nation’s most accomplished peace and justice organizers: from the Vietnam war to racism at home, nuclear disarmament to lesbian/gay liberation, fighting sexism to opposing military intervention. For eight years Leslie was the National Coordinator of United for Peace and Justice. Her organizing skills have put her in the center of hundreds of events, including serving as the coordinator of the historic June 12, 2020 Nuclear Disarmament march in NYC; the 1987 lesbian/gay rights march on DC; the largest mobilizations against the Iraq War from February 15, 2020 to January 27, 2020; the September 21, 2020 People’s Climate March; and the March for Climate, Jobs & Justice this past April.


Aiyoung Choi

Aiyoung was born in Korea and lived in Shanghai, Taiwan, and Japan before coming to the U.S. for college. She is a consultant to nonprofits on organizational development whose lifelong passions include promoting justice, equality, and peace, and eliminating all forms of violence, particularly against women and children and people who are marginalized by society. She is chair emerita of the Korean American Family Service Center, co-founder of Asian Women Giving Circle, and a member of International Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and Jezebel Film Productions. She has served on the boards of  the New York Women’s Foundation and Union Theological Seminary. In 2015 she crossed the De-Militarized Zone from North Korea to South Korea with 30 women peacemakers, thus launching Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of international women mobilizing to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.


Sharon Dolev

Sharon Dolev is an Israeli human rights and peace activists. She is the founder and director of the Israeli Disarmament. In recent years, Sharon worked as a disarmament campaigner and as the Director of Greenpeace in Israel. With the Israeli Disarmament Movement, represents ICAN and other international disarmament organizations in Israel, and serves on the Coordinating Committee of Abolition 2000.




Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte, Carole Gilbert, and Megan Rice

Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carole Gilbert. Sister Megan Rice not pictured.

Sister Ardeth Platte has been an educator, principal and coordinator of an inner city high school and educational center, an elected City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem, who with others formed a Rape Crisis Center and Home for Battered Women. Her understanding of injustice and systemic violence, while living in the midst of the poorest led her to community, nonviolence and resistance as a way of life.  She participated with Ceasar Chavez in the farmworker struggle, with Black Power and African Americans in civil rights, within moratorium marches and draft board actions to counter the Vietnam War.

Sister Carol Gilbert was a junior high school teacher, a researcher at the Home for Peace and Justice and involved in a variety of issues and spent five years living and witnessing at two of Michigan’s Strategic Air Command Bases until both closed. She then moved to Jonah House in Baltimore, MD to continue the work against war, disarmament of nuclear weapons and trying to live nonviolence as a way of life.

Sister Megan Rice’s interest in nuclear issues lies in her early awareness of the development of the Manhattan Project and sotries shared by her uncle who had been part of the US occupation of Nagasaki, just one month after it was bombed.



Kimiyo Kasai

President of the New Japan Women’s Association (Shinfujin) since 2011. Upholding the abolition of nuclear weapons as the top priority of its goals, Shinfujin has been working on the ground for 55 years. With 140,000 members and 220,000 subscribers to its weekly paper Shinfujin Shimbun, it is the largest individual membership-based women’s group in Japan. Kasai has participated in international conferences and NGO activities including the Fourth World Conference in 1995, the World March of Women in 2000, and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. She became involved in social activities when she took part as a university student in the action to stop the US tanks to be transported to Vietnam from Japan. Her mother-in- law is a Hibakusha from Hiroshima.



Karina Lester

Ms Karina Lester is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman “What an exciting time to be involved in such a significant and timely movement as the second round of United from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the far North West of South Australia.” Her father Yami Lester is a huge advocate against the British Nuclear Tests in Australia in the 1950’s and 60’s that blinded him and killed many of his family. Yami was a key witness in the Royal Commission into the British Nuclear Tests and travelled to the UK to give his evidence. Karina is very determined to keep his legacy alive and share the story of her people and the wrongdoings in the past.



Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas is Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales and was elected to the House of Commons in 2010 as the UK’s first Green MP. She chairs the cross party parliamentary Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament group and has a long track record of campaigning against nuclear weapons and nuclear power, including taking nonviolent direct action at nuclear bases.


Joanne Robison Boettcher

Joanne Robinson Boettcher is a veteran community activist who has worked with Peace Action, the NAACP, the Black Womens’ Political Caucus, WESPAC Foundation,and Westchester Black Democrats. She is the daughter of a politically active Yonkers family. Her mother, May Morgan Robinson, was a leader in civil rights and in the Democratic Party in Westchester. She has been a NGO representative to the United Nations through Peace Action International for many years and advocated for nuclear abolition since she was a youth.

Kathy Sanchez

Kathy is a fierce elder activist and organizer who believes in beloved communities and in the culture of peace . She does activism on nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, and the rights of our Mother Earth, while integrating body, mind, and spiritual awareness into environmental justice advocacy, policy change, and community education. She believes in intergenerational organizing to think holistically thus deeply putting spiritual values into action for ending the culture of violence, especially environmental violence and bringing in holistic well-being for all and Mother Earth.




Masako Wada

Ms. Wada is the Assistant Secretary General of Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) and suffered from the bombing in Nagasaki at the age of 22 months old. Though she was too young to remember what happened on that day, her mother used to tell her about the experience, which made her realize that she too is a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor). She has been actively involved in the activities of other A-bomb sufferers in the call that there should never be another hibakusha.



Cora Weiss

Cora Weiss has dedicated her life to the movements for human rights, women’s rights and peace. She was a leader of Women Strike for Peace which helped to abolish atmospheric nuclear testing; helped to improve communication with POW’s in Vietnam and brought three home; an organizer of the June 12, 2020 Good Bye nuclear Weapons demonstration in New York’s Central Park, and among the women who drafted UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.


In addition to the speakers, we will also have performers come and show their support for the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb.

Emma’s Revolution

Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning activist power duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. The duo’s latest CD, “Revolution Now,” has been hailed as “Beauty, power and ferocity all mixed together with love and hope.” In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” Emma’s Revolution brings their uprising of truth and hope to concerts and peace & justice events across the US and beyond.



As a socially conscious R&B/pop singer- songwriter, Kashish draws inspiration from her everyday life and her inner most personal thoughts and uses it to add a fresh twist to her music. Kashish was moved by the past Presidential election and was driven to write and record, her latest record, “Stronger Together.” The song premiered on Miss Muslim, a publication dedicated to breaking stigmas around Muslim men and women, on December 8, 2020. “Stronger Together” has served as an anthem for many rallies across New York City, including the The Women’s March on NYC, the No Ban No Wall March, I am a Muslim Too rally, and the Artistic Uprising. The single also garnered the attention of Galore, LadyGunn, All Access Music, and Feisty Magazine. All proceeds from the download of “Stronger Together” benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.